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The Making of a Scientist

Gadagkar, Raghavendra (1996) The Making of a Scientist. In: Resonance, 1 (4). pp. 87-89.


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Edward Osborne Wilson, Pellegrino University Professor and Curator in Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, is probably known to different people for different things. Some know him for creating the science of sociobiology and for being in the eye of the storm raised by the human sociobiology controversy. Some know him as the social insect specialist, author of Insect Societies and, the Pulitzer prize winning, The Ants written with Bert Hölldobler.Others know him for his theory of Island Biogeography, developed along with the legendary ecologist, Robert H MacArthur. Still others know him as the most influential spokesman for the study and conservation of biodiversity and author of The Diversity of Life. I do hope that many Indian students by now know him as the author of the quotation The worst thing that can happen, will happen, is not energy depletion, economic collapse, limited nuclear war, or conquest by a totalitarian government... reproduced on page 23 of Resonance, Vol.1, No.3, 1996! Surprising but true, it’s the same Wilson in all the above and more avatars

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Resonance
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/9279

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